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    Quote Originally Posted by Frosty6226 View Post
    Finances? Exploring space could end up being expensive and could take away resources for more immediate concerns.
    Orbital missions are launched all the time to maintain everyone's aging fleets of satellites. Cape Canaveral alone launches crap tons of rockets. Some times two or three a month. Sending out some probes from there isn't a huge step further.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sprinkles View Post
    Orbital missions are launched all the time to maintain everyone's aging fleets of satellites. Cape Canaveral alone launches crap tons of rockets. Some times two or three a month. Sending out some probes from there isn't a huge step further.
    No, I wouldn't think so. But any furtherance would cost something, time, resources. It would all come down to who is willing to pay for what. How far are we willing to go. But yeah to me potential rewards and discoveries are too great to not fund this. Can't really think of any other arguments why someone would be against this except for some extremely slim hinging on slippry slope ones such as those involving ramifications from other lifeforms, the danger involved in general, it somehow being against a particular religion. But yeah I don't really know enough about the specifics of this to rea say much beyond speculation.

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    If trillions of dollars of not only the US budget, the world's budget, was not spent on blowing each other up, space exploration would be much easier than it would be now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frosty6226 View Post
    No, I wouldn't think so. But any furtherance would cost something, time, resources. It would all come down to who is willing to pay for what. How far are we willing to go. But yeah to me potential rewards and discoveries are too great to not fund this. Can't really think of any other arguments why someone would be against this except for some extremely slim hinging on slippry slope ones such as those involving ramifications from other lifeforms, the danger involved in general, it somehow being against a particular religion. But yeah I don't really know enough about the specifics of this to rea say much beyond speculation.
    Also remember that in the case of Americans, we're still somewhat reeling from the exorbitant cost of the space shuttle program, so people tend to think that spacefaring is prohibitively expensive due to that, when the fact is that the shuttle was not cost efficient and ended up being way too expensive due to how tricky it was to get into orbit. We use rockets now that cost mere fractions of what a space shuttle flight would cost.

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    Yay.

    we need solar sails and the Alcubierre Drive
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vulcan View Post
    Resources that we're spending so wisely now. Plastic surgery and edible underwear, for instance.
    funny thing is that could be handy in space too.

    space, is about R&D and that R&D eventually drifts down the ordinary plebs like us. What they find in their R&D could be used on earth as well for good (or bad).

    I am for space, it creates jobs, it moves us forward. Hopefully the other crowed will keep our morals intact and hopefully not destroy earth in proses of moving forward.

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    I'm just dreading when the Weyland-Yutani style megacorporations take over space.

    It's already in the early stages.
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    Even if we agree space is where we should go, the direct route might not be the best one:
    You could easily argue that investing in our future in space is better done with a much bigger portion of it without going to actual space.

    For instance, the billions of dollars it would take for a one time back and forth human mission to mars would be better off invested in robotics, seed factory methodologies and 3d printing that could enable us to create self sufficient ecology of robotic asteroid mining resource refining and construction, enabling us to construct as many sampling rovers around mars as we want, or construct an entire fleet of interplanetary vehicles perfect for the earth-to-mars journey to be waiting for us pre-fueled in orbit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarlaxle View Post
    Even if we agree space is where we should go, the direct route might not be the best one:
    You could easily argue that investing in our future in space is better done with a much bigger portion of it without going to actual space.

    For instance, the billions of dollars it would take for a one time back and forth human mission to mars would be better off invested in robotics, seed factory methodologies and 3d printing that could enable us to create self sufficient ecology of robotic asteroid mining resource refining and construction, enabling us to construct as many sampling rovers around mars as we want, or construct an entire fleet of interplanetary vehicles to be waiting for us pre-fueled in orbit.


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    Definitely yay.
    Anything else would be stopping the progress of science.

    But space tourism? Not really. Don’t we have enough junk on Earth, do we need to leave space junk for one’s entertainment? (well... unless I'm invited to the trip)
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